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The 24th Day (2004)

R | | Thriller | 6 May 2004 (USA)
Tom (Speedman) and Dan's (Marsden) one-night stand turns into an intense power-play between captor and captive.

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Cast

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Isabella
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Mr. Lerner
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Officer #2 (as Jarvis George)
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Storyline

One-night stand can lead to fatal results!Tom is a living proof!He's a straight family guy whose life turns upside down when he finds out that he has AIDS so he tricks his ex gay lover Dan into an empty flat & ties him up awaiting his blood test results.

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Your next lie may be your last. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual dialogue, and for brief violence | See all certifications »

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6 May 2004 (USA)  »

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24. dan  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,001, 16 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,107, 11 July 2004
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Trivia

Began as a play in Los Angeles with original cast members Noah Wyle and Peter Berg. A year later the play was revamped in Atlanta with Chad Darnell and Quint Von Canon. See more »

Goofs

Tom refers to the Iowa State "Hawkeyes." The Hawkeye is in fact the mascot of the University of Iowa. Iowa State's sport teams are known as the "Cyclones." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tom: I walk home. I'm all scratched up, I got blood all over my face. I'm crying my eyes out. Anyway, my mother see's me. She runs in screaming, "What happened, who did thisa to you?" So I tell her Stevie Bellow jumped me from behind in the schoolyard while his pals stood there and made sure no one broke it up. So, take a guess what my mom does? She takes me back to the school yard. She finds Stevie, she tells him we're gonna fight again this time it's gonna be a fair fight.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetie
Written by Ryan Christopher Webb and Doug Lancio
Performed by Matthew Ryan
Courtesy of Hybrid Recordings
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Putting People In Boxes
7 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Tony Piccirillo's 'The 24th Day' is a character-driven chamber-piece based on his own play. The film raises the issue of responsibility that comes with sexual relationships. It starts off with two roommates Dan (James Marsden) and Isabella (Sofía Vergara) chatting at a bar. They meet a charming stranger, Tom (Scott Speedman). Dan and Tom decide to hook up that night and once the two enter Tom's apartment things gradually take an unexpected turn where Dan is held hostage and Tom wants answers.

Piccirillo stays focused on these two characters. His writing is brilliant. The characters are well-defined. The dialogues are amusing, thought-provoking, philosophical and there are some interesting references to pop-culture, sports and politics. The twists and layers are superb. He also succeeds in creating a tense atmosphere and keeping the viewer engaged.

The editing is good. At first the flashback sequences are mildly confusing but that parallels well with Dan's confusion. Of course, it all adds up in the end. Efficient use is made of the props and sets as to not distract from the characters.

James Marsden and Scott Speedman are in top form. Chambre pieces require great acting and both actors make fine ingredients. Speedman is restrained while Marsden delivers an authentic performance. Unfortunately, Sofía Vergara is wasted.

This would obviously make a great theatre piece and I'm very curious about the play. I would like to catch a show if it's happening nearby. As for the film, it is well worth the watch.


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